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Occupational Report for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers (51-4121) , Oregon Statewide
Occupational Description

Use hand-welding, flame-cutting, hand soldering, or brazing equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products.

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Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
Employment Outlook for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
Statewide Employment Analysis Employment in this occupation in 2012 was much larger than the statewide average for all occupations. The total number of job openings is projected to be much higher than the statewide average number of job openings for all occupations through 2022. This occupation is expected to grow at about the statewide average growth rate for all occupations through 2022.

Reasonable employment opportunities exist.

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Current Employment Department Job Openings for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers There are 74 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 26 are listed below.
Job Title Date Posted Location Wage Offered
Pipefitter / Welder - Immediate Need (IM) 7/28/14 Portland $20.00/hr to $24.00/hr DOE
Fabricator/Welder 7/28/14 Grants Pass $12.00/hr DOE
Temporary High Level II OR III PCB Solderer 7/25/14 Beaverton $11.00/hr to $12.00/hr DOE
Combo Welder (ADVM) 7/24/14 Portland $24.00/hr to $34.00/hr DOE
6G Certified Welders and Pipefitters 7/24/14 Corvallis $22.00/hr to $24.00/hr DOE
TIG Welder 7/24/14 Portland $12.00/hr to $17.00/hr DOE
Welder / Fitter 7/23/14 Wilsonville $14.00/hr to $17.00/hr DOE
Fabricator 7/23/14 Redmond DOE
Fabricator 7/22/14 Eugene $11.00/hr to $14.00/hr DOE
Aluminum Welders 7/21/14 Clackamas $18.00/hr to $21.00/hr
Fabricator - Structural Steel Welder 7/21/14 Bend $12.00/hr DOE
Ship Fitter/Welder - Rainier Shipyard 7/21/14 Rainier $14.25/hr to $24.50/hr
Welder 7/21/14 Parma $13.00/hr DOE
Welder / Fabricator (Advm) 7/18/14 Tualatin $18.00/hr to $22.00/hr DOE
Fitter - Journey Level 7/18/14 Portland $23.00/hr to $28.00/hr DOE
Journeyman Welder 7/17/14 Sherwood $30.28/hr to $36.34/hr DOE
Production MIG Welder 7/16/14 Albany $13.00/hr
Mig Welder 7/16/14 Albany $13.00/hr to $15.00/hr
Fabricator 7/16/14 Springfield $12.00/hr to $20.00/hr DOE
Tank Welder 7/15/14 Portland $22.00/hr DOE
Welder 7/14/14 Stanfield DOE
MIG Aluminum Welders Needed! 7/10/14 Clackamas $23.00/hr
Marine Welders - Aluminum MIG Flux Core 7/10/14 Clackamas $18.00/hr to $24.00/hr DOE
BURNERS NEEDED IN VANCOUVER 7/9/14 Vancouver $11.84/hr to $11.85/hr
Certified Weld Inspector 7/9/14 Woodburn $18.00/hr to $25.00/hr DOE
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Job Openings from the Web for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers The following job openings have been automatically extracted from various sites across the Web. These links are provided as supplemental resources. However, the Employment Department cannot validate these openings nor endorse any of these external sites. Some of these jobs may no longer be open. In some cases, a single opening may be posted on multiple sites.

There are 53 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 26 are listed below.

Job Title Date Posted Location Employer
Welder 7/28/14 Portland Aerotek
Welder 7/25/14 Portland TEKsystems
TIG Welder 7/25/14 Portland
Combo Welder - 26PDX 7/25/14 Portland Vigor Industrial
WELDER/FABRICATOR 7/25/14 Portland TEKsystems
WELDER/FABRICATOR 7/25/14 Portland TEKsystems
WELDERS WANTED 7/24/14 Milwaukie Express Employment Professionals
Combo Welder (ADVM) 7/24/14 Portland
WELDER/FABRICATOR 7/24/14 Portland Aerotek
Welder 7/24/14 Portland Aerotek
Spray Arc Welder 7/23/14 Portland TrueBlue/Labor Ready
Fabricator 7/23/14 Redmond
Welder helper 7/23/14 Redmond
Ship Fitter/Welder - Rainier Shipyard 7/22/14 Rainier
Welder / Fabricator (ADVM) 7/21/14 Tualatin
EXPERIENCED ALUMINUM WELDER 7/21/14 Clackamas Aerotek
WELDER/FABRICATOR 7/21/14 Portland Aerotek
Fluxcore Welder - 14673 - Manufacturing / Industrial / Skilled L 7/20/14 Beaverton Madden Industrial Craftsmen Inc
Aluminum Welder 7/18/14 Portland Beall Trailers
INDUSTRIAL FABRICATOR / WELDER 7/16/14 Medford
Welder 7/16/14 Portland PCC Structurals
Welder 7/16/14 Hillsboro Aerotek
Welder 7/15/14 Portland Aerotek
Container Shop Welder 7/14/14 Albany Republic Services
Welder 7/14/14 Portland Aerotek
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State of Oregon License Information for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers No statewide license is required for this occupation.
Wages for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
Region ---------------- 2014 Wages ----------------
Percentiles (hourly wages) Avg
Hourly
($/hr)
Avg
Annual
10th 25th 50th
(median)
75th 90th
Oregon Statewide $13.33 $15.89 $19.26 $22.36 $25.88 $19.36 $40,286
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 12.55 15.26 16.74 18.21 20.48 16.48 34,277
Multnomah / Washington 14.28 17.27 20.46 22.92 26.54 20.26 42,127
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 12.80 15.13 18.40 21.70 24.08 18.43 38,332
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 12.73 14.35 16.91 20.32 24.42 17.63 36,652
Lane 13.12 15.12 17.46 20.45 23.31 17.86 37,155
Douglas 12.46 14.64 16.85 19.05 23.02 17.34 36,078
Jackson / Josephine 12.54 13.80 16.45 19.92 23.94 17.27 35,927
Klamath / Lake 12.34 13.75 16.06 18.19 20.13 16.01 33,302
Morrow / Umatilla 13.14 14.75 18.63 22.05 26.57 19.12 39,763
Baker / Union / Wallowa 11.66 15.13 17.09 19.16 21.66 16.84 35,023
Grant / Harney / Malheur 9.84 11.41 14.15 17.90 21.57 15.12 31,457
Clackamas 13.14 16.57 19.90 22.46 25.32 19.47 40,486
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Regional Employment Projections for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
Region Employment Change % Change Projected Annual Openings
2012 2022 Growth Replacement Total
Oregon Statewide 4,402 5,032 630 14.3% 63 108 171
Multnomah / Washington 1,843 2,069 226 12.3% 23 45 68
Lane 429 500 71 16.6% 7 10 17
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 399 447 48 12.0% 5 10 15
Clackamas 371 438 67 18.1% 7 9 16
Jackson / Josephine 227 265 38 16.7% 4 6 10
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 207 243 36 17.4% 4 5 9
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 111 132 21 18.9% 2 3 5
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 102 119 17 16.7% 2 2 4
Morrow / Umatilla 97 109 12 12.4% 1 2 3
Douglas 83 101 18 21.7% 2 2 4
Baker / Union / Wallowa 80 95 15 18.8% 2 2 4
Grant / Harney / Malheur 59 70 11 18.6% 1 1 2
Coos / Curry 52 57 5 9.6% 0 1 1
Gilliam / Hood River / Sherman / Wheeler / Wasco 34 41 7 20.6% 1 1 2
Klamath / Lake 34 38 4 11.8% 0 1 1

These estimates do not include self-employment. Replacement openings are caused by existing workers permanently leaving their occupation. Many additional job openings occur due to job changes within occupations.
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Industries of Employment for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
Industry
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Ownership 2012
Employment
Total All Industries All 4,402
Total All Industries Private 4,366
Construction Private 127
Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction Private 37
Specialty Trade Contractors Private 59
Manufacturing Private 3,371
Primary Metal Manufacturing Private 294
Foundries Private 229
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing Private 966
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing Private 398
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing Private 159
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing Private 117
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing Private 263
Machinery Manufacturing Private 894
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing Private 189
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing Private 296
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing Private 48
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing Private 105
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing Private 249
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing Private 140
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing Private 98
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing Private 36
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing Private 911
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing Private 216
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing Private 61
Ship and Boat Building Private 132
Miscellaneous Manufacturing Private 69
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing Private 51
Wholesale Trade Private 241
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods Private 229
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers Private 82
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers Private 72
Transportation and Warehousing Private 57
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services Private 165
Administrative and Support Services Private 145
Employment Services Private 145
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation Private 34
Other Services (except Government) Private 245
Repair and Maintenance Private 245
Automotive Repair and Maintenance Private 50
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance Private 185
Educational Requirements for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers The typical entry level education for this occupation is a high school diploma or equivalent. Those with a postsecondary non-degree award have a competitive advantage in the labor market. In addition, moderate-term on-the-job training is typically needed, once employed, to attain competency in the skills needed in this occupation.
Skills for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
  • Apply Laser Technology
  • Apply Metal Forming And Shaping Techniques And Processes
  • Apply Protective Coatings
  • Apply Quality Assurance Techniques
  • Assemble Metal Components
  • Follow Safety Procedures
  • Identify Base Metals For Welding
  • Inspect Components During Manufacturing
  • Maintain Welding Machines And Equipment
  • Maneuver Heavy Objects
  • Operate Cranes, Hoists, Or Mechanical Booms
  • Operate Precision Measuring Devices, Tools And Equipment
  • Operate Soldering Equipment
  • Operate Specialized Metal Shaping Machines
  • Perform Mig Welding (Gas Metal Arc Welding Or Gmaw)
  • Perform Tig Welding (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Or Gtaw)
  • Perform Combination Welding
  • Perform Flux Core Arc Welding (Fcaw)
  • Perform Overhead Welds
  • Perform Stick Welding (Shielded Metal Arc Welding Or Smaw)
  • Perform Vertical Welds
  • Read And Understand Operating Manuals
  • Read Schematics And Specifications
  • Recognize Characteristics Of Metals Or Alloys
  • Set Up Machine Tools
  • Understand Manufacturing Methods And Techniques
  • Use Acetylene Torch
  • Use Algebra
  • Use Basic Mathematics
  • Use Geometry
  • Use Metric System
  • Use Non-Destructive Test Equipment
  • Weld Metal Parts
Schools and Training Providers for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers The training providers listed below offer programs related to this occupation. This information is updated once per year. Anyone interested in a particular program should check with the training institution regarding its availability. Listing these training providers does not necessarily constitute or imply their endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the State of Oregon.

R & S Welding Mentors, LLC
1750 Oxford Street SE, Bldg #2
Salem, OR 97302
Phone: (503) 371-4630
Programs of Training:
Linn-Benton Community College
6500 Pacific Blvd SW
Albany, OR 97321
Phone: (541) 917-4999
Programs of Training:
Angell Job Corps Center
335 NE Blogett Road
Yachats, OR 97498
Phone: (541) 547-3137
Programs of Training:
Chemeketa Community College
4000 Lancaster Dr NE
Salem, OR 97305
Phone: (503) 399-5000
Programs of Training:
Rogue Community College
3345 Redwood Hwy
Grants Pass, OR 97527-9291
Phone: (541) 956-7501
Programs of Training:
Timber Lake Job Corps Center
59868 E Highway 224
Estacada, OR 97023
Phone: (503) 834-2291
Programs of Training:
Clatsop Community College
1653 Jerome Ave
Astoria, OR 97103
Phone: (503) 325-0910
Programs of Training:
Southwestern Oregon Community College
1988 Newmark Ave
Coos Bay, OR 97420-2193
Phone: (541) 888-2525
Programs of Training:
Tongue Point Job Corps Center
37573 Old Highway 30
Astoria, OR 97103
Phone: (503) 325-2131
Programs of Training:
Albany Weld-Trade School
912 Old Salem Road N.E.
Albany, OR 97321-4540
Phone: (541) 928-9353
Programs of Training:
Lane Community College
4000 E 30th Ave
Eugene, OR 97405-640
Phone: (541) 463-3000
Programs of Training:
Wolf Creek Job Corps Center
2010 Opportunity Lane
Glide, OR 97443
Phone: (541) 496-3507
Programs of Training:
Mt Hood Community College
26000 SE Stark St
Gresham, OR 97030
Phone: (503) 491-6422
Programs of Training:
Blue Mountain Community College
2411 NW Carden Ave
Pendleton, OR 97801
Phone: (541) 276-1260
Programs of Training:
Treasure Valley Community College
650 College Blvd
Ontario, OR 97914
Phone: (541) 881-8822
Programs of Training:
Clackamas Community College
19600 Molalla Ave
Oregon City, OR 97045-8980
Phone: (503) 657-6958 x2313
Programs of Training:
Klamath Community College
7390 South Sixth Street
Klamath Falls, OR 97603-7121
Phone: (541) 882-3521
Programs of Training:
Umpqua Community College
1140 College Rd.
Roseburg, OR 97470-226
Phone: (541) 440-4600
Programs of Training:
Portland Community College
12000 SW 49th Avenue
Portland, OR 97219-7132
Phone: (503) 244-6111
Programs of Training:
Career Pathway Roadmaps for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers These Oregon community colleges have defined career pathway roadmaps to facilitate entry into this occupation:

Blue Mountain Community College
Chemeketa Community College
Clackamas Community College
Clatsop Community College
Klamath Community College
Lane Community College
Mt Hood Community College
Portland Community College
Rogue Community College
Treasure Valley Community College
Umpqua Community College